The House at Saltwater Point (Lavender Tides Series #2)

The House at Saltwater Point (Lavender Tides Series #2)

by Colleen Coble

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Now a USA TODAY bestseller

"Taking place on Washington State's Puget Sound, this follow-up to The View from Rainshadow Bay features delightful characters and an evocative, atmospheric setting. Ideal for fans of romantic suspense." —Library Journal

The dangerous beauty of Lavender Tides is harboring secrets that reach around the world.

Ellie Blackmore is making a name for herself as a house flipper. But when her sister Mackenzie disappears, Ellie can’t focus on anything but uncovering what happened. Her only clue is the bloodstain on the deck of Mackenzie’s boat. Ellie knows her sister isn’t on the best of terms with her ex-husband, Jason, but he wouldn’t kill her—would he?

Coast Guard intelligence officer Grayson Bradshaw believes Mackenzie faked her own death after stealing a seized cocaine shipment. The problem is convincing Ellie, who seems to view him as the true enemy.

Both Ellie and Grayson want truth, but truth—and family—is often more complex than it first appears. From international terrorism to the peaceful lavender fields of Puget Sound, The House at Saltwater Point is a thrilling race to uncover the truth before it’s too late.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718085827
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Series: Lavender Tides Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 879,874
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Colleen Coble is a USA TODAY bestselling author and RITA finalist best known for her coastal romantic suspense novels, including The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, and the Lavender Tides, Sunset Cove, Hope Beach, and Rock Harbor series. Connect with Colleen online at colleencoble.com; Instagram: colleencoble; Facebook: colleencoblebooks; Twitter: @colleencoble.

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CHAPTER 1

Neutral paint colors allow the prospective buyer to imagine their own furnishings in the space.

— Excerpt from Ellie Blackmore's

Hammer Girl Blog

Two construction workers carried in the orange ladder splatted with dried paint blotches and old drywall mud. The top of it nearly crashed into the new chandelier dangling twelve feet overhead in the foyer.

Ellie Blackmore darted forward to prevent disaster. "Careful!"

She moved under the glittering crystal light fixture so the workers couldn't come closer. Paint fumes stung her nose and mixed with the salty sea breeze blowing through the open door. This home was nearly complete. She'd start staging it as soon as it was cleaned and the ladders, scaffolding, scraps of hardwood, and cans of paint were gone. If luck was with them, she and Jason would make over fifty thousand dollars' profit on this project. They already had three interested buyers, so she hoped a bidding war would drive the price even higher.

The dark hardwood floors complemented the soothing gray walls in the open floor plan. She walked through the kitchen and touched the marble countertops, then snapped several pictures for her blog, Hammer Girl. Their clients tended to like genuine marble, high-end cabinets, and solid wood floors — and she was happy to deliver. She went to the first of the boxes the workers had hauled in and lifted out decor items. Though she'd have to wait for the cleaning crew, she could put the boxes in the rooms where she wanted them.

Mackenzie, Ellie's younger sister, came down the hall into the kitchen. She looked like she was still in high school, but she'd graduated college with a degree in Asian languages at twenty-one, plowing through the rigorous studies in three years. She'd been offered prestigious positions at several major universities across the country, but she'd chosen to teach at a local college, mostly because she didn't want to leave Ellie.

A dark stain marred her white shorts, and her royal-blue tee held a smear of gray paint. "The master bedroom is ready for staging." She ran her fingers through her curly brown hair.

"Thanks so much, Mac. You didn't need to work like this on your day off, but I really appreciate it."

Mac's blue eyes softened when they lit on Ellie. "The two of us have always been a team."

Jason Yarwood strode into the kitchen and lifted his thatch of sun-streaked brown hair to wipe his damp forehead with the tail of his T-shirt. He and Ellie had co-owned Lavender Farm Homes for five years, and last year they'd turned a good profit for the first time. They'd become known for the highest-quality f lips in the entire Olympic Peninsula area, and they had more business than they could handle with kitchen and bath remodels making up the bulk of their jobs.

Jason was twenty-eight and handsome, though his mouth often held a sardonic twist that had appeared after his divorce from Mackenzie. "I wouldn't mind testing the air-conditioning. This is crazy hot for Washington. It has to be ninety out there." He didn't look at Mac, whose smile had vanished when he entered.

Ellie stepped to the thermostat and kicked on the air. "This heat wave could break anytime." She shut the door behind the workers carrying out the last of the construction debris.

Lavender Tides rested in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains. While the area was no stranger to high humidity, the hot temperatures they'd had this week were out of the normal seventies they usually enjoyed for October.

Mac went to the door. "I'm so excited about the tall ship regatta. They get here in two weeks. I want to have Lavender Lady ready to join in."

Ellie took off her glasses and polished away the condensation. "That's wonderful!"

Mac had been fascinated with tall ships since she and Ellie had seen their first one in California during a Disneyland vacation when they were five and seven. Mac had bought an old tall ship five years ago and had worked hard to restore it. Ellie suspected her obsession with the boat had contributed to the failure of her marriage.

Mac still hadn't looked at Jason. "I'm ecstatic! I just need to find more crew. Want to be part of it?"

The strain between Mac and Jason set Ellie's nerves on edge. "I don't think you want me vomiting on your new paint." She'd tried to like sailing, but her stomach never cooperated, and she wasn't the strongest swimmer in the world.

"I know, but I had to ask. Want to grab lunch at the Crabby Pot? I can show you what I've gotten done on the ship."

Ellie slid her glasses up on her nose, then glanced at her watch. Nearly eleven already. "I wish I could, but I'm going to that moving sale at the Robb house in half an hour. I just have time to get there. How about I come out to the ship and see it before your birthday dinner tonight?"

"Okay, that will work."

Jason began to pick up pieces of scrap wood. "I really want that Robb house when it goes to auction. I don't think it will go higher than we can afford."

She hadn't told him, but Ellie was tempted to keep the house for herself. She'd fallen in love with the f loor plan and the view of the bay from the backyard. "It's a huge project, but it's going to be beautiful when we're done."

"We can handle the size of the reno." Jason glowered at Mac, who still hadn't looked at him. "Am I invisible, Mac? Maybe I'd like lunch. You didn't even say hello."

Mac's eyes narrowed. "You can get your own lunch."

Jason glared back, then walked out and slammed the door without another word.

Ellie sighed. "Why do you have to antagonize him all the time? He still loves you, you know."

"I don't understand why you're still partners with him. You're the genius behind Lavender Farms. You can hire anyone to do the brute labor. You don't need him. It infuriates me to constantly run into him."

"And I can't understand why you can't muster a little courtesy! You were married to the man for two years. There has to be some kind of feeling left."

"There is — it's called hatred." Mac brushed at the stain on her shorts. "If you loved me, you'd cut him loose. He's gone so much anyway, kayaking in that inflatable he keeps in his truck. You do most of the work."

"That's not true. Jason works hard." Ellie took a step back. "Our partnership goes back to before you knew him. Jason is like a brother to me. He brings a lot of business savvy to Lavender Farms. Don't pull me into your feud."

"You don't understand anything about relationships, Ellie. You've never even had a serious boyfriend. You're so afraid of letting someone down like you did Alicia, you never take a chance on loving anyone. You don't know what it's like when someone breaks your heart."

Ellie gasped and pressed her hand against her chest. They never spoke of their little sister's death, and to have it thrown in her face now was like a knife to the heart. "You blame me for her death too? You always said it wasn't my fault."

Tears flooded Mac's blue eyes and she rushed for the door. Ellie thought for half a second about going after her, but her pain was too raw. They both needed to cool down.

* * *

Even as she wandered the rooms in the estate sale, Ellie mentally ticked off all she wanted to do in this house. In her mind she already owned it, and the more she saw of the room sizes and high ceilings, the more she liked it. The superb view from the big windows at the back of the house looked out on Rainshadow Bay, and she caught sight of Mac's ship docked there.

The Robbs had owned this house for fifteen years, and Ellie used to babysit for their son. Terrance Robb had grown up in town and had gone on to work for the CIA. He'd recently been transferred to an upper-level position at Langley, and Ellie suspected half the people perusing the contents were hoping to see him or his wife, Candace. Everyone in town had been curious about what he'd be doing in Virginia and hoped to ferret out some spy details. The truth was much more mundane since he worked in the accounting department. Spies worked in other countries, and Terrance's job was simply one of support.

She paused at a large cabinet with various items inside. She spied a vintage mah-jongg set in a blue vinyl case and grabbed it. Mac would love this. Ellie had already gotten her a bracelet for her birthday, but this would be a nice bonus gift. She tucked it under her arm and tried to sidle past a petite, dark-haired woman who was frowning at her.

"I was about to buy that." The woman looked to be in her twenties and of Asian descent. She held out her hand. "May I have it, please?" She had a slight Asian accent. Her high heels and slim-fitting dress had to have cost a fortune.

"Sorry, it's a gift for my sister." Ellie started past her, but the woman made a grab for the box. "Hey!" Ellie clamped her other hand on the game before the woman could snatch it out of her arms. "What's wrong with you?"

The woman's face contorted, and she stepped closer to Ellie. "Give me the box!"

"Is something wrong?" Jermaine Diskin got between her and the woman. Jermaine was an African American flight paramedic who worked for Zach Bannister. He and his wife, Michelle, owned a lavender farm on the outskirts of town.

The woman glared at him. "She has my mah-jongg box."

Jermaine's pale-green eyes narrowed. "I saw her pick it up first. Get lost, lady, or I'll call the cops. I saw Deputy Rosa Seymour in the other room."

The woman clenched her fists, then spun on her three-inch heels and brushed past Ellie.

Jermaine stared after her. "That was weird. I hope you don't mind that I interfered."

"I was thankful you did. I've never had to fight for an estate-sale purchase before." She looked down at the box. "I've heard some vintage games are worth a lot of money. Maybe this one is, but I wasn't going to resell it. It's for Mac's birthday."

"Glad it all worked out then. You'd better buy it and get out of here before she comes back."

Ellie thanked him again, then paid five dollars for the game. When she neared her old blue pickup, she frowned. Both tires on the passenger side were f lat. Who would slash her tires? Would the woman have been so angry about losing out on the mah-jongg tiles that she would have done something like this? It seemed extreme.

A black Taurus with tinted windows drove by slowly as she called for roadside service. Roy's Service Station had a truck there in fifteen minutes. She kept her eye out for the vandal as she waited for new tires to be put on her truck, but she saw no one suspicious. She stuck the mah-jongg tiles in her toolbox for safekeeping.

She paid Roy's employee, then climbed behind the wheel to go pick up Mac for their dinner out. The marina parking lot was nearly empty, and she pulled into the spot beside Mac's BMW. Mac's clipper, Lavender Lady, was gorgeous in the sunlight. Her sails were down, and her masts soared toward the clouds. Ellie often wished she could share her sister's passion for sailing. She loved the water and the scent of the sea, but all the sailing terms confused her.

She parked her truck, then walked out onto the dock. Seagulls landed near her feet, and their black eyes looked up for a snack. "Sorry, guys, I didn't bring any bread." Where was Mac? Ellie thought she'd be on the dock or near her car waiting. Maybe she'd lost track of time.

She cupped her hands around her mouth. "Mac!"

No one answered her but the squawk of the closest seagull and a toot from a ferry out in the bay.

Mac's skiff bobbed in the water next to the ship, but there was an inflatable raft bumping against the dock Ellie could take out. She stepped into it and steadied herself as it rocked in the waves. She sat down and rowed out to board the boat. She tied off next to the skiff, then climbed the ladder to the deck.

She looked down and bile rose in her throat.

A pool of red congealed on the tile floor about four feet from the railing on the starboard side. A lot of blood.

She tried to swallow, but all the moisture evaporated from her tongue. "Mac?" Her voice came out as a whisper. She rushed along the deck and followed the blood to the railing. There was no sign of Mac in the blue waves lapping at the hull.

She fumbled her phone out of her purse and dialed 911. Mac couldn't be dead, not on her birthday.

CHAPTER 2

You've heard to trust your instincts. That piece of advice never fails.

— Hammer Girl Blog

Shauna Bannister stood on the bow of the ferry and watched the island of Hope Beach draw nearer. The sea air had curled her black hair into something that resembled Frankenstein's monster's bride, but she made a vain attempt to smooth it back into place. The scent of salt and sea wrapped around her in a caress. They were finally here after an eventful honeymoon, and she couldn't quite believe she was about to see her brother again after all these years.

Zach dropped his arm around her, and she welcomed his warmth. "Traipsing all over North Carolina in search of my brother isn't much of a honeymoon for you, Zach."

"We had a great honeymoon. This is just an extension." His lips brushed her temple. "I'm with my beautiful bride, and that's all I want." He pointed out two dolphins jumping beside the boat. "This is going to be an exciting week."

While they couldn't really label their honeymoon "great" after barely escaping with their lives, it had only made them stronger. And more in love.

She tipped her head back to stare into his deep-blue eyes. "You're sure it's him?"

"As positive as we can be without a DNA test. From what I can tell, he doesn't know he's adopted, honey. You have to be prepared for some initial disbelief that you're really his sister and he's who you say he is."

Disbelief. Would he reject her? He'd been old enough when he disappeared that he should still have some memory of her, shouldn't he? She'd looked it up, and some people remembered bits of their childhood from age two. They'd spent a lot of time together, and she clearly remembered his adorable freckles and the cowlick in his blond hair. He'd been a cute toddler and was probably a handsome man now.

She pressed her hand against her stomach. "The butterflies are trying to escape."

He tucked a long strand of her dark hair behind her ear. "We'll weigh them down with something sweet once we hit the island. I hear there's a great place for lunch and ice cream in town."

Taking time to eat would give her a chance to calm down. They'd landed in Norfolk last night and stayed at a hotel, then f lown on a charter f light to the Dare County Airport this morning where they'd caught the ferry.

"Sounds good." She leaned her head against his shoulder. "I'm so nervous. In my daydreams he recognizes me immediately and we hug until we're breathless."

A troubled frown wrinkled his forehead. "It's not going to be like that, babe. I think deep down you know that. A lot of time has passed. He spent most of his life in Japan. There's no guarantee he even remembers Washington."

"I remember lots of things from when I was two and three."

His embrace tightened. "And he went through a lot of trauma when he was ripped from his family after watching his mother die. He might have blocked out most of it."

She knew Zach was trying to make sure her expectations were realistic, but the thought of a negative reaction from her brother was disconcerting to her. She pulled away and watched a seagull regard her with inquisitive eyes from a nearby railing. "Maybe this was a bad idea. I probably should have called first and talked to his parents."

"No, we're doing it right. I could be wrong, you know. He might recognize that black hair." He twirled a lock of hair around his finger.

She smiled and leaned against his chest. Being married to Zach was wonderful. He'd found her brother, Connor, all by himself as a surprise. How many men would do that? "We should probably call and check on our boy."

"I talked to Alex while you were in the bathroom, and he was heading to the beach with Marilyn to go tide pooling. I'm sure she has her phone with her if you want to call."

"Of course you called. You're a good dad."

His eyes crinkled in a smile. "I try. He's easy to love. And so is his mother." As the wind ruff led his dark hair, he wrapped his arm around her waist and they turned to watch the ferry dock at Hope Beach. "I hear we can rent bicycles in town. That would be a fun way to tour the island."

"We're booked at Tidewater Inn, right?"

"Yes, they have a van picking us up. Looks like a nice place.

It's a few miles out of town, and the van runs back and forth every two hours."

Zach had planned all this down to the last detail. "Let's drop off our stuff, then head into town. I'd like to at least get a glimpse of Grayson before we approach him." It would be hard to remember her brother's new name, Grayson Bradshaw.

(Continues…)


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lavender Tide series keeps reader totally enthralled. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great continuation of an exciting series. Looking forward to the next book.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I+liked+the+way+the+author+built+suspense.+Characters+felt+believable+
Yamma1212 9 months ago
Hammer Girl Ellie flips houses in Lavender Tides. When her sister goes missing, she begins investigating the case herself. Grayson Bradshaw comes to town investigating the disappearance of a drug seizure, and connects the case to Ellie’s sister, Mackenzie. Ellie and Grayson clash over the investigation, and Grayson discovers deeper ties to Lavender Tides. While the book was enjoyable, it wasn’t my favorite by Colleen Coble. The plot was unbelievable with a small, quiet town suddenly becoming the center of a terrorist plot. I’m thankful to Thomas Nelson for allowing me the opportunity to read and review the book, and I look forward to the third book, and conclusion, of this series.
ShareeS 9 months ago
The House at Saltwater Point is another great book in the Lavender Tides series by Colleen Coble. Ellie Blackmore’s world is torn apart when her sister Mackenzie goes missing. The evidence paints her sister as a criminal, but she’s determined to prove otherwise. Grayson Bradshaw is a Coast Guard Intelligence Officer and he’s working to uncover Mackenzie’s acts. What he doesn’t expect is to discover his family secrets. Ellie and Grayson find themselves involved in a dangerous game and seeking the truth may cost them their lives. Colleen Coble never fails to deliver an action-packed story that enthralls the reader. The House at Saltwater Point is a page-turner and definitely worth every second spent reading it.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Loved the first book in the series. I like her series, I like the way one book moves into the next.
Anonymous 10 months ago
This story had many twists and turns. Kept my attention with story all tied together at the end.
Anonymous 11 months ago
i+liked+it
Anonymous 11 months ago
Great+adventure++from+the+start.+The+characters++were+easy+to+get+involved++with+and+the+main+plot+and+subplot+kept+you+going.+Will+be+reading+more+in+this+series+%21
Anonymous 11 months ago
A+little+slow++to+get+started+but+it+makes+up+for+it+with+an+exciting+storyline+and+great+main+charaters.+Happy+reading+.
Freddikb More than 1 year ago
Ellie Blackmore is doing exactly what she loves- house flipping. Her life, however, gets turned upside down when her sister disappears and everything points to a stolen cocaine shipment and an international plot. When the Coast Guard gets involved everyone wants the truth. The truth, however, may not be what everyone wants to hear. This was a pretty good story, the characters were easy to connect with and the plot flowed nicely. I always like learning new things and this time it was about boats. I love how novels can be filled with information without sounding like a teaching lesson. *I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts. Also, I was not compensated in any monetary way.*
mrskbookstogo More than 1 year ago
Ellie is a interior designer, a contractor, strong and witty. Her blog, Hammer Girl, keeps her in business and she is rather "set" in her ways. After all, flipping homes isn't for anyone weak by nature or without grit. That is until, her sister, Mac, goes missing. Now everything in her every day life becomes out of focus. What begins as slashed tires quickly escalates into murder and a race for life. Grayson is an intelligence officer, yet he has just arrived in Lavendar Tides, Washington. His vacation was called short once the two tons of cocaine ended up missing, how could officials lose an entire seized shipment? If that wasn't enough stress, now his parents have acknowledged that a strangers request might just be the truth. His hunches about Mackenzie Blackmore's connection in the heist were strong, and for the most part, his hunches were rarely wrong. Who was leading whom astray? Grayson will stay close to Ellie, for now. That is until his hunches provides his next lead. Ellie is getting more and more frustrated with Grayson's attitude of her sister, maybe she should investigate on her own. Neither one is completely truthful, neither one is trusting, yet both will need to rely on each other! Death is just a few steps behind them, MrsK
Jennybug52 More than 1 year ago
4 stars- This the second book in the Lavender Tides series and tells the story of Grayson, a Coast Guard intelligence officer and Ellie, an up and coming house flipper. When Ellie’s sister disappears and Grayson shows up convinced that she helped steal a seized cocaine shipment, the sparks fly. I enjoyed this book. I found myself drawn into the mystery of what happened to Ellie’s sister and really wanting to find out the truth. The storyline was intriguing and kept me reading. Ellie and Grayson were both complex characters that had a lot of baggage, even if they didn’t even realize it! I really like how the author has interwoven the secondary story of Grayson, aka Connor, and the truth about his childhood, into the main story. It ties the series together well and adds an extra layer to the characters and the story. Having lived in Washington for a couple of years I enjoy reading about the Pacific Northwest and imagining the beauty of the setting. I did feel a little torn on the quickness of Ellie and Grayson’s relationship. They seemed to be on the fast track to love so at times the depth of their relationship was too fast for me. I am super excited to read the third book in this series and find out the truth about Brenna. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings The second in a series and like most in a series like this they can be read out of order as each book centers around a different character in the same setting. The rule follower in me has a hard time not starting on book one, chapter one, page one, so I had read book one in this series and completely suggest starting there, but if you are a rebel, you can start here! Ellie Blackmore is flipping houses and her partner is her sister's ex boyfriend, a little weird of a working relationship, but it works. Ellie heads to her sister's boat to celebrate her sister's birthday and she doesn't find her sister and instead finds a puddle of blood . . . .
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
Her name is Ellie and she makes a living by working with her partner buying and flipping houses. With the help of a few employees and contracted help, they have built quite a reputation. Her ability to handle a hammer is second to none. She also writes the Hammer Girl Blog and shares tips with those who are interested. I suppose a story about flipping houses might not hold the interest of very many people but not to worry. Following the apparent murder of her sister, Ellie has more on her plate than she can handle as it seems that her own life is in jeopardy as well. The tension mounts as Ellie and Coast Guard Investigator Grayson Bradshaw seek to figure out what happened. Add in a stolen shipment of cocaine and the potential threat of an EMP bomb and suddenly the story reaches a new excitement level. When the story seems focused on the work going on in a house Ellie and her partner are renovating, I think the author is giving us an opportunity to catch a fresh breath in preparation for the excitement to ramp up still more. I enjoyed the suspense immensely.
pianosue More than 1 year ago
Ellie Blackmore is a house flipper and is getting more popular. Then her sister, Mackenzie disappears. As she tries to find out what happened to her sister she is drawn into danger. Coast Guard intelligence office Grayson Bradshaw believes Mackenzie stole a cocaine shipment that had been seized and may be dead. Will they be able to work together to learn the truth? Will they stumble into a more going on? Possibly a terrorist attack on the US? A really good story.
rkfall More than 1 year ago
The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble is an adventurous and crazy read. Colleen has a way about her writing that is intense and gripping. She thinks through scenarios well and brings realistic plots to life. She adds details that are bought out in a “Murder She Wrote” kind of way. If you love mystery and murder books and not so much the lighthearted Hallmark type, you'll want to check this one out and move on to all her others. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
nfam More than 1 year ago
Terrorists and Thieves Haunt a Small Town Ellie Blackmore is becoming well known for her house renovations. She and her partner, Jason, have just purchased a house she covets when her sister Mackenzie is apparently attacked on her tall ship and disappears. Ellie fears she’s dead, but the body hasn’t been recovered. Coast Guard Intelligence Officer, Grayson Bradshaw, has been sent to Lavender Tides because a recovered cocaine shipment has been stolen from the coast guard warehouse and it appears that Mackenzie is involved. Ellie doesn’t want to cooperate with Garyson. He’s trying to prove that Mackenzie is involved in a serious crime, and she can’t believe that of her sister. However, as they work together a strong attraction develops. The danger increases when the terrorist who wounded Grayson is apparently in Lavender Tides and getting ready for a major strike. The plot is ingenious. The tie to a stolen cocaine shipment and terrorists is a good set up. However, it seemed odd that the only law enforcement in the area was the local sheriff and the coast guard intelligence officer. One would expect the FBI to be involved. I found Ellie’s character to be not quite believable. She can’t accept anything Grayson says about her sister and makes excuses for her behavior that don’t make a great deal of sense. I liked Grayson. I though he was incredibly patient with Ellie even if it was affecting his investigation. This isn’t my favorite Colleen Coble book. I though the writing was rushed and scenes were padded with meals to extend the length. The ending picks up the pace, but Ellie’s actions are on the thin edge of believable. I received this book from Booklook Bloggers for this review.
auditor2 More than 1 year ago
Ellie Blackmore is making a name for herself as a house flipper. But when her sister Mackenzie disappears, Ellie can’t focus on anything but uncovering what happened. Her only clue is the bloodstain on the deck of Mackenzie’s boat. Ellie knows her sister isn’t on the best of terms with her ex-husband, Jason, but he wouldn’t kill her—would he? Coast Guard intelligence officer Grayson Bradshaw believes Mackenzie faked her own death after stealing a seized cocaine shipment. The problem is convincing Ellie, who seems to view him as the true enemy. Both Ellie and Grayson want truth, but truth—and family—is often more complex than it first appears. From international terrorism to the peaceful lavender fields of Puget Sound, The House at Saltwater Point is a thrilling race to uncover the truth before it’s too late.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
Ellie is a crackerjack at fixing up houses and making a profit after selling them. I sure would like to have her talent. I loved her nickname of "Hammer -Girl." The story is very intriguing and I enjoyed trying to figure out what happened to Ellie's sister Mackenzie. I would like to have known a bit more about Mackenzie and didn't quite relate to her at times. Ellie doesn't believe the rumors about her sister stealing cocaine. When Mackenzie turns up missing the hunt is on for the truth. I liked how the author gave us a bit of background on Ellie and why she has a hard time believing in herself. Grayson is a bigger than life person with his size and fierce protectiveness. He wants to help Ellie but he also has a job to do. Will he help find Mackenzie and prove her innocence? The story is unpredictable and really kept me on my toes. I wasn't sure who to believe at times which made the story so good. The author has an ability to take a plot and expand it with explosive details that keep you guessing. There is danger all around Ellie and Grayson. The terrorist part in the story was unexpected and made the book even harder to put down. It's funny what some people will do for power and money. Don't miss this intense action packed story that will have you on the edge of your seat. I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild. The review is my own opinion.
bookbloggerKB More than 1 year ago
The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble Ellie Blackmore is loyal to a fault. She just can’t believe that her missing sister, Mackenzie, could be responsible for a lost shipment of cocaine. When Grayson Bradshaw, a Coast Guard intelligence officer, is sent in to investigate the missing cocaine shipment, he has a hard time convincing Ellie. Is it possible that Mac did take the cocaine and then faked her own death? But why would she do that? Both Ellie and Grayson want the truth, but it proves more complicated than either of them expect. A race against time, a handsome hero and a lovely but self-effacing heroine, a terrorist plot, and a dose of suspense combine to make this book an excellent beach read. The plot moves along at a good pace, but the author manages to develop the characters so they become friends to the reader. Although the book contains a terrorist plot, readers are not subjected to horrific details. There are themes of forgiveness, love, and loyalty. And of course, the author leaves the ending open enough so that another book may follow. It was fun to pay another visit to Lavender Tides. Excerpts from Ellie’s blog were an added bonus and a nice touch. Colleen’s fans and fans of romantic suspense will enjoy this one, and look forward to the sequel. I received a free copy from the fiction guild and this is my honest opinion.
MugsyMae More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed The House at Saltwater Point. Great story and characters. The suspense was perfect, and I was hooked right away -- eager to see what was going to happen next. This is the first story I've read by Colleen Coble and I will definitely be looking for more of her work!
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild, I was not required to give a favorable review. Another hit it out of the park for Colleen. I have read other books from her and also the beginning of this series and she keeps you on your toes throughout the whole story. When you have a series like this and you get to see some of the characters from other stories is wonderful. This time Ellie is having to deal with her sister Mac disappearing on her birthday and meeting Shauna's long lost brother Conor/Grayson. He is a Coast Guard Investigator and is looking into stolen cocaine that was seized by them. He tries to help Ellie find her sister because she is involved in the missing cocaine. But with the threat of terrorist and a phantom bad guy this books keeps you on your toes. I am happy the Grayson wants to stay in the area because he is falling for Ellie. She needs to feel happy also. But now I can't wait to read the next book to see if Grayson & Shauna find their baby sister.
susanwalkergirl More than 1 year ago
Implausible The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble is the second book I’ve read by this author. What drew me to the book was the setting along the coastline of Washington, the mystery of what happened to the missing sister, a little romance with some home renovation mixed in. I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. The story is about two sisters Ellie and Mackenzie Blackmore, one of whom is missing and presumed dead. She leaves behind a mystery of a life that wasn’t what it seemed. Thrown into the mix is Grayson Bradshaw, an investigator for the US Coast Guard, who is looking into a missing shipment of illegal drugs that has ties to a terrorist. One of the prime suspects is Mackenzie and that news doesn’t sit too well with Ellie who just wants to find her sister. What I liked about The House at Saltwater Point: • Grayson was very honest, forthright, nice and likeable. • I kind of liked his relationship with Ellie, but they went from an adversarial relationship to romance and I wasn’t quite sure how they crossed that bridge. • I liked the subplot of Grayson finding out that he was adopted and had biological sister and family whom he knew nothing about. • I enjoyed the setting of Lavender Tides, the description of the town, the townspeople and friends, waterfront, beaches and scenery. • I liked the home renovation career of Ellie. What I wasn’t too keen on: • The storyline was rather convoluted and had too many subplots going on. • The story and characters weren’t very realistic. Especially, the two small town sisters trying thwart a terrorist attack. There were times that the sisters did a better job than the FBI and Coast Guard in trying to stop the terrorists. There sure didn’t seem to much of a police presence considering the seriousness of what was going on. • Early on in the book Ellie takes in a helpless small kitten. Periodically, the kitten would be mentioned but for the most part it wasn’t part of the story. I found it distracting. That part of the story was unnecessary and didn’t contribute to the storyline. • At times the story seemed the drag. • The characters weren’t very realistic. My favorite was Grayson, a very nice man…but he was a little too perfect. Colleen is really good at setting a scene and describing the place and helping the reader see it in their mind. However, the storyline was not plausible and the characters weren’t deep or realistic…much of it was very surface level. I think that’s where it lost me, I didn’t connect with the characters. If you just want to read a mystery to escape for a while you may enjoy The House at Saltwater Point. Colleen Coble is a Christian author, but there nothing much about faith included in this book. It’s clean, no profanity and or sexual immorality, and I appreciate that. But nothing much regarding faith and characters talking about God or praying or faith being lived out in their everyday lives. I wanted to like The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble. There were parts I did enjoy, but I think the implausible storyline and lack of depth the characters were too much to overcome. I would like to thank Thomas Nelson Publishers and BookLook for the opportunity to read The House at Saltwater Point for free in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
susanwalkergirl More than 1 year ago
Implausible The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble is the second book I’ve read by this author. What drew me to the book was the setting along the coastline of Washington, the mystery of what happened to the missing sister, a little romance with some home renovation mixed in. I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. The story is about two sisters Ellie and Mackenzie Blackmore, one of whom is missing and presumed dead. She leaves behind a mystery of a life that wasn’t what it seemed. Thrown into the mix is Grayson Bradshaw, an investigator for the US Coast Guard, who is looking into a missing shipment of illegal drugs that has ties to a terrorist. One of the prime suspects is Mackenzie and that news doesn’t sit too well with Ellie who just wants to find her sister. What I liked about The House at Saltwater Point: • Grayson was very honest, forthright, nice and likeable. • I kind of liked his relationship with Ellie, but they went from an adversarial relationship to romance and I wasn’t quite sure how they crossed that bridge. • I liked the subplot of Grayson finding out that he was adopted and had biological sister and family whom he knew nothing about. • I enjoyed the setting of Lavender Tides, the description of the town, the townspeople and friends, waterfront, beaches and scenery. • I liked the home renovation career of Ellie. What I wasn’t too keen on: • The storyline was rather convoluted and had too many subplots going on. • The story and characters weren’t very realistic. Especially, the two small town sisters trying thwart a terrorist attack. There were times that the sisters did a better job than the FBI and Coast Guard in trying to stop the terrorists. There sure didn’t seem to much of a police presence considering the seriousness of what was going on. • Early on in the book Ellie takes in a helpless small kitten. Periodically, the kitten would be mentioned but for the most part it wasn’t part of the story. I found it distracting. That part of the story was unnecessary and didn’t contribute to the storyline. • At times the story seemed the drag. • The characters weren’t very realistic. My favorite was Grayson, a very nice man…but he was a little too perfect. Colleen is really good at setting a scene and describing the place and helping the reader see it in their mind. However, the storyline was not plausible and the characters weren’t deep or realistic…much of it was very surface level. I think that’s where it lost me, I didn’t connect with the characters. If you just want to read a mystery to escape for a while you may enjoy The House at Saltwater Point. Colleen Coble is a Christian author, but there nothing much about faith included in this book. It’s clean, no profanity and or sexual immorality, and I appreciate that. But nothing much regarding faith and characters talking about God or praying or faith being lived out in their everyday lives. I wanted to like The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble. There were parts I did enjoy, but I think the implausible storyline and lack of depth the characters were too much to overcome. I would like to thank Thomas Nelson Publishers and BookLook for the opportunity to read The House at Saltwater Point for free in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.